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Prospects for Commercial Space Continue to Rise

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
October 30, 2012
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First Outing for SpaceX, Editorial, New York Times
“SpaceX currently has a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to carry out at least 11 more cargo resupply missions through 2016. Another company, the Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., has built a new cargo spacecraft under NASA contract and is preparing for a test flight next year. The best news from this first commercial flight is that the Falcon 9 rocket was able to complete its cargo delivery mission despite the loss of an engine. Although it was not perfect, the outing shows that private companies can carry out relatively mundane tasks like space cargo transport.”

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4 responses to “Prospects for Commercial Space Continue to Rise”

  1. cuibono1969 says:

    Huh? “Relatively mundane”?  You try it. And watch this SpaceX.

  2. bobhudson54 says:

    The editor who wrote this article shows how relatively ignorant and unappreciative he really is of the space program,its operations and the risk taken. “Mundane” ? Try reading articles,historical literature on “Space”,you may want to retract your comments afterwards.

  3. DTARS says:

    Isn’t it fun that the world doesn’t see the space revolution that rapidly coming!

  4. DTARS says:

    I wonder if spacex will do another grass hop this year???
    We spacex try any first stage flips before falcon 1.1????